NEWS
Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Mar 11, 2014 06:25 PM CDT



The link between aging farm landowners and capital gains rates is no coincidence: Many elderly farmers simply can't bear to share the proceeds of a wise lifetime investment when their heirs can have all past capital gains forgiven at death. This sentiment has become even more pronounced since good Iowa farmland runs $10,000/acre today but could have a tax basis as tiny as $200/acre if acquired in the 1950s. Is it any wonder that more than half of Iowa's farmland is owned by seniors who qualify to collect Social Security and 80-year-olds are some of the most aggressive bidders ...

Quick View
  • Betting on Shorter Beans Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produ...
  • Super Food Silage has never gone out of fashion in Bath County, Kentucky, even when the lure of $6- to $8-pe...
  • Farmers Pivot Back After Storms The majority of center pivots damaged by severe weather earlier this summer in Nebraska are up an...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 3 As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal ...
  • Weathering the Drought Parts of the panhandle and western Oklahoma are still considered as being in extreme or exception...
  • AFBF Appeal The American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court's Sept...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 2 Commodity payments are largely capped at $125,000 per person. People must also report under $900,...
  • Ask the Vet Some tips on fly control.
Related News Stories
Woodbury: Farm Family Business
Klinefelter: By the Numbers
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
Tyson to Sell Heinold Unit
US Farm Incomes Forecast to Fall
DTN Ag Business Benchmark
Rents Resist Price Relief